If you, like many others, have ever found yourself involved in a Louisiana car accident, you may have suffered any number of different types of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to potentially life-threatening head, brain or spinal cord injuries. Car accidents are one of today's leading causes of traumatic brain injury, with Neuro International reporting that, of the 1.4 million brain injuries Americans suffer each year, 280,000 of them result from car crashes.
Anyone involved in an automobile collision is at risk for concussion. Louisiana motorists and passengers should know that bumps or jolts to the head resulting in concussion symptoms can have serious long-term consequences; these incidents should be factored into calculating damages for injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents.
Severe head impact has caused concussions in many Louisiana residents. However, Stanford University researchers have determined that the link between a hit to the head and a concussion is complex.
Louisiana residents who experience a traumatic brain injury may have memory or emotional problems. However, they may also be at a higher risk for dementia. This was the finding of a study conducted by researchers at Umeå University in Sweden and published in PLoS Medicine. The study analyzed the medical records of 3 million Swedish people at or over the age of 50 who were diagnosed with TBI or dementia from 1964 to 2012.
The brain is responsible for much more than just the physical body. It is also responsible for emotion, intelligence, personality and consciousness. Therefore, a brain injury can affect way more than just your head: It can permanently, fundamentally alter your human nature.
Car accidents can cause a variety of traumatic injuries, which can number among the more serious types. The impact from a car crash can cause significant damage to the brain even in the absence of penetrating wounds or direct impact to the head.
A research study of the brains of 202 former football players who had donated their brains to science found that 177 -- almost 90 percent -- showed signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The brains came from deceased athletes who played in the NFL, during college and even in high school.